Drug Availability


HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that Care Pharmaceuticals are currently undertaking labelling changes to the following products:

Painstop® for Children Day-Time Pain Reliever
Codeine phosphate hemihydrate, paracetamol
ARTG 131721

Painstop® for Children Night-Time Pain Reliever
Codeine phosphate hemihydrate, paracetamol, promethazine hydrochloride
ARTG 20864

These changes are intended to align Painstop® labelling with the recommendations of the TGA Safety Review on Codeine use in children and ultra-rapid metabolisers.

The TGA has instructed Care Pharmaceuticals to cease supply of Painstop® products to wholesalers until products are available with approved updated labelling. While wholesaler stocks are currently adequate, Care Pharmaceuticals anticipate that there may be a period of supply interruption in the coming months.

Retain this notice in a prominent position, including in other related business units until supplies return to normal. Report any problems identified with medicines, vaccines or medical devices to the TGA.

Should you require further information regarding this matter, please contact your pharmacist at HPS Pharmacies, or Care Pharmaceuticals on 1800 788 870.

Information regarding expected dates for supply may vary subject to delays which are out of our control. HPS Pharmacies does not accept responsibility for such changes but will endeavour to keep our clients updated as information is made available from drug manufacturers or wholesalers.

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